The Tender Narrator. Olga Tokarczuk’s Nobel Lecture

In her Nobel Lecture Polish author Olga Tokarczuk talks about the emergence of a first-person narrative, its implications, the multiplicity of narratives and literature’s role in it. She also comes back to the imperative to be tender. «Tenderness is deep emotional concern about another being, its fragility, its unique nature, and its lack of immunity to suffering and the effects of time. Tenderness perceives the bonds that connect us, the similarities and sameness between us. It is a way of looking that shows the world as being alive, living, interconnected, cooperating with, and codependent on itself.»

The whole speech translated in English can be read here: